April 16, 2009
Re "Wildlife found unlikely to be E. coli culprits," April 11 According to some growers, the only safe way of growing veggies requires annihilating anything that runs, crawls, flies or swims. Based on this, if I want to keep consuming what I harvest from my tiny backyard garden, I first have to trap or poison all the critters that visit the place: our cats, the neighbors' cats and occasionally possums, squirrels and lizards. I could then eat perfectly sterile produce in a perfectly sterile world.
October 20, 2011
EVENTS Giving new meaning to the phrase "creature comforts," the all-inclusive Aliens to Zombies Convention celebrates extraterrestrials, the undead and otherterrifying critters. Participants include special-effects artist Todd Masters, "The Walking Dead" actor Michael Rooker, "Dark Skies" producer Bryce Zabel, and monster makers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Sat. $50-$75. (323) 665-8080. http://www.alienstozombies.com
July 1, 1986 |
"Meet Your Animal Friends." Children's Video Library. $29.95. "See the geese? Hello, geese! See the geese walk?" So it goes, as Lynn Redgrave brightly narrates a series of nicely shot film clips showing 23 rather dull domesticated critters. Adults will tire of all the pigs, rabbits, llamas and yaks staring at the camera, accompanied by Redgrave's condescending Dick-and-Jane patter.
July 2, 1989 |
Flazey, the gluttonous grouper that ate $5,000 worth of his tankmates in an Illinois pet shop, has eaten himself out of house and home. Terry Haley, the aquarium store owner from Lansing, Ill., has grown weary of the insatiable fish and plans to release it Monday in the ocean off Ft. Lauderdale. The fish's expensive tastes attracted the attention of the media last May and even earned it an offer to appear on "The Tonight Show." But Haley refused to take the fish to the studio.
October 26, 1986 |
Move over, Teddy Ruxpin. You're just kids' stuff now. Pete, Repeat and their friends have blabbed their way into the talking toy market with fuzzy critters tailored to the needs of executives. For $45, a "corporate yes man" can be had in the form of a high-tech hippo, bear or bunny, telling bosses just what they want to hear--over and over and over again. A multi-microchip device buried inside each animal's tummy enables them to record their master's voice and replay it, all within four seconds.
January 30, 2011 |
The tourists think big. Arriving in Southern California, they expect to conquer Disneyland and Hollywood, perhaps on the same day, in between the surfing and snowboarding. Then they get stuck in traffic. Then come the recriminations, the tears, the vows to visit an island next time. The locals think small. Tracing tight little loops between home and work, they dodge freeways and alien neighborhoods. There are Los Feliz people who haven't set foot in Venice since the latter Bush administration (I'm one)